United we rise. Divided we fall. And so goes it with economies. And since economies are made up of people, how a nations people go, so goes their economy.
Not in recent memory have I seen such divisiveness in our country. Obviously the current Whitehouse resident has unarguably caused a firestorm of controversy since day one. With another election coming up, I can imagine, or maybe I can’t, what will happen with the politically left should the incumbent get the nod for another 4 years.
But that is then and not quite now.
Not to ease up on mankind in any way, shape or form, enter the newest threat, CoVid 19. Not that a virus should divide a populace. Indeed, you would think it would unite us. And one could argue it did, at least for a while. The entire planet had to cope with the little bugger, and one could sense we were all in this together, because we were.
But like an anxiety plagued schizophrenic waiting for the other shoe to drop, mankind would not enjoy his unity for long. We are sinful by nature don’t ya know and so it was bound to happen.
First governments shut down the world. Can’t recall ever reading about that before. The damage was massive. Now hundreds of companies will go four feet up in bankruptcy, millions are out of work, some jobs will never come back and thousands will die of starvation in the months and years to come as governments struggle for funds.
And isn’t that the way of it?
Don’t kid yourself. Some struggling governments will cut off food supplies, as some governments always do when things are tight. The permanent damage is hard to estimate but it’s safe to say it will be immeasurable except to say it will be more than anyone can imagine and I can imagine a lot.
In the midst of the economic implosion thrust upon us some cop murders a black man. Then another. And the world reacts. Protests everywhere. Yes, in the midst of a viral pandemic thousands stand shoulder to shoulder and for good cause.
But a virus like the highly contagious CoVid lives for shoulder to shoulder proximity. And now cases are spiking again. And therein lies the next divisor.
With statues heads rolling in the streets, literally, the anger is palatable. It could be argued some of those angrily tugging on the toppling ropes are expressing deep rooted angers that compound with the racial outrage. Anger against economic equality as well.
Who’s to say they know all the reasons. The human psyche runs deep.
Whatever the reasons, the nation is hurting. Economies are hurting. People are hurting. And with the societal anger compounded with the economic damage, CoVId 19 seems to be in the right place at the right time, at least for a virus.
World governments now say they will not shut down again. The damage was too great. So the question is: is that statement an absolute?
Never say never. And another reason to argue with thy brother arises. The mask/no mask debate arises with a vengeance.
Not satisfied to limit discussion to healthy exchanges, the anger over boils again. And it seems at least to me it falls along party lines, unfortunately.
No surprise there. The devil is very thorough in his mayhem.
Some insist all wear masks. To not do so means you’re inconsiderate in the least, and a cold blooded murderer at worst. Insist everyone wears a mask on the other hand and you are barraged with the catcalls of fear mongering at best to being perfect volunteers for the next train to Auschwitz.
I can’t tell you where all of this is going but I can tell you where we’ve been.
To hell and back in the last year or so, while some will argue longer.
But if the devil does exist, he (or she so cool your jets) is playing a masterful hand.
In conclusion, I am an admin on a large Facebook social media page called Nevada City Peeps. I have the main photo of a lock bridge in Austria. This photo garners some comments how that relates to Nevada City. Some want me to change it.
Considering the hate and outrage I witness daily on this page from my brothers and sisters toward one another, I am considering changing the photo showing two people, nose to nose, screaming in anger at each other.
It’s that bad.
This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and should not be construed as individual investment advice. No one can predict market movements. Investing involves risk. You can lose money. Mr. Cuniberti is an investment advisor representative through Cambridge Investor Research Advisors Inc. a registered investment advisor. California insurance license 0L34249